Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Simply Card Press...the Make the Cut way!

I love the simplicity of the printed card. To me, they seem very adult, very dignified. And because of that I have long dreamed of a card press. But, my dreams have taken other directions. I have come to realize that with my Make the Cut software, I really do not need a card press---MTC and my home printer do the work for me! And there are truly no limits!

MTC or comparable software
A Basic Square shape
My Thoughts Exactly Big Thoughts Stamps
White Card Stock
Lettering Delights Doodlebats: Leaves
Distress Ink: Antique Photo
Home printer
Assorted glue/popdots
Background card 5.5 x 8.5"
  • Set up the card front in MTC: 
    • Set up 3 rectangles using the basic square shape, label as indicated:
      • Backmat: 5.4 x 4.2
      • Middlemat: 5.145 x 3.9450 (this is the colored one!)
      • Frontmat: 4.91 x 3.710

  • Set up the decorative strip in MTC:
    • stripmat: 5.4 x 1.1507 (colored the same as middlemat)
    • stripfront: 5.2375 x 0.9687
    • bring in the leaf strip from Doodlebats: foliage (or create your own!) Size to fit the 5.2375 x 0.9687 strip.

  • The card is now set up. With the "Contrast Layer" selected, the card looks like this:

  • Send file to printer. Be sure to "close the eye" of the indicated layers. 

  • Stamp with the desired sentiment. This card is so simple that it could run the gamut. Why not make several, just in case? 

That is how I turned my MTC into a cardpress! It was that simple; really! I am so happy (and so is DH because I have not had to add one thing to my scraps!) 


  1. Very nice Jeannie !! MTC is so versatile. So many ways to use it beyond just cutting files.

  2. Wow! What a fabulous card and wonderful instructions! Thank you for all the information.

  3. Beautiful card with plenty of elegance. TFS

  4. You are a genius....
    Why didn't I think of that! LOL!

  5. Looks great, but me repliacting that LOL is a different story! I'll give it a go if I can find a few moments. Did you print the tan outline or is that from cardstock a color you had? Which parts actually printed and which parts cut? I'm a good video learner LOL...cardmaking for dummies!